The 19 best places to spend New Years in Europe in 2022

Are you looking to escape your normal New Years Eve parties and celebrations? Why not head to Europe? New Years Eve in Europe is magical!

So, where are the best places to spend New Years in Europe?

Counting down to midnight as the snow falls around you.

Hearing so many different languages counting down (10, 9, 8) celebrating with your new friends from many corners of the globe, (7, 6, 5) sipping on mulled wine and champagne, (4, 3, 2) while welcoming the New Year (1, Happy New Year!)

New Years Eve in Europe, will provide you with memories and stories to last a life time.

New Years Eve around the globe is a very busy time of year. Holiday makers from all over the world make their way to different European cities to bring in the New Year, so make sure you book your hotels and New Years Eve tours early to avoid the disappointment.

20 Best places in Europe for new years

1. Amsterdam, Holland

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Fire works over the canals in Amsterdam

Every year, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam rings in the New Year with some of the best celebrations for New Years Eve in Europe.

This charming city is known for its whimsical canals, narrow gabled houses, and cobblestone streets. During the holiday period, the city is lit up by the colors of the Amsterdam Light Festival, including installations from different international artists.

Partygoers will enjoy the huge range of festivals and parties, including the silent disco at HUSH, 

New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam starts in the streets.

Head to the heart of the city to spots like Dam Square, Leidseplein, The Nieuwmarkt, and Rembrandtplein, where you’ll find locals and visitors alike ringing in the New Year.

At Dam square, you can enjoy beer tents, as well as free live music and entertainment.

You’ll find stands selling oleibollen and appel beignets, both versions of deep-fried dough.

It’s a Dutch tradition to enjoy an oliebol with a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve, so dig in!

Another fun Dutch New Year’s Eve tradition is buying an oudejaarslot.

This special lottery ticket is sold on New Years Eve, which happens to have the highest prize of the entire year!

Who knows, you may start the year as a millionaire! 

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2. Berlin, Germany

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A fireworks display over the top of the Brandenburg Gate

Berlin is one of Europe’s most exciting cities, and one of the best times to visit Berlin is for Silvester, the German name for New Year’s Eve.

On the last evening of the year, the city comes alive with celebrations and fireworks galore.

On the morning of the 31st, sleep in for a bit to prepare for the fun night ahead.

During the day, explore the city and see some of the top sights like Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, or the East Side Gallery.

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This evening, there are plenty of ways you can choose to ring in the new year.

If you’d prefer something more low-key, make dinner reservations and get tickets to the Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Concert.

If you’re ready to party, reserve tickets at one of Berlin’s famous clubs – many of the parties offer an open bar, snacks, and dancing all night long for a reasonable price.

Or, you can choose to celebrate with hundreds of thousands of your closest friends at the city’s official party at Brandenburg Gate.

One thing’s for sure: no matter how you choose to celebrate, you’ll definitely see fireworks – lots of fireworks!

One of the best Silvester traditions you can experience in Berlin? At midnight, it’s tradition to celebrate with a jelly-filled Berliner donut.

This is a great (and delicious!) way to celebrate the upcoming year!

3. Brussels, Belgium

Annelies, Travelers and Dreamers

The Grand Palace in Brussels, Belgium lit up with coloured lights at night time

If you’re looking for a great place in Europe to spend New Year’s Eve, Brussels is definitely worth considering!

As the capital of Belgium, Brussels is famous for Belgian beers, chocolate and fries, street art and unique monuments like the Atomium and Manneke Pis.

There are a bunch of things to do on New Year’s Eve so you probably will have trouble picking just one thing!

During the day, make your way to Brussels’ famous Christmas market. Here you can find over 200 chalets selling gluhwein, fries, chocolate, and more to satisfy your tastebuds.

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Take a ride on the Ferris wheel or feel like a kid again while ice skating on a huge ice rink at Place de Brouckère. Follow Plaisirs d’hiver for the most up-to-date information.

In the evening there are options abound for every mood and music style. Do you fancy a multiple-course meal at a traditional Belgian restaurant? Check out La fin de siècle, Viva M’boma or la porteuse d’eau to enjoy typical Belgian dishes like stoemp, Flemish carbonades or vol-au-vent.

Vegan or vegetarian? No problem. There are many great plant-based restaurants in Brussels to enjoy a cruelty-free meal on NYE like Humus & Hortense, for example, which is awarded a green Michelin star.

Are you a fan of major indoor events? Head to Paleis 12 for FUCKNYE festival, a large indoor event presenting you the best DJs from the hip-hop, rap, hardcore, trance, and techno scene.

If you like to explore multiple locations in Brussels on New Year’s Eve, the best thing you can do is to buy the Happy Brussels Party Pass.

This party pass gives you access to numerous small clubs and party locations in the city, offering music ranging from house and techno to disco and even jazz.

For a more intimate vibe, you can opt to spend New Years’ Eve at La Grand Place, enjoying a festive vibe with a light show and beers and chocolate.

There are also many typical Belgian pubs in the city organizing small New Years’ Eve parties. The best ones are at Monk Café, Café Central, and Le Coq.

If you want to enjoy fireworks, the best place to spend the evening is at the Atomium.

Public transport in Brussels on New Year’s Eve is free so it is easy to get around a city and try multiple things.

A good hotel to spend New Years’ day, whether you have a hangover or not, is Jardin Secret. Not only are the rooms fantastic but they also offer wellness services and have a heated outside pool that is open during winter.

4. Dublin, Ireland

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The temple bar region in Dublin is one of the best places to spend New Years Eve in Europe

One of the best things to do in Dublin in the winter is coming for the holidays and especially, New Year’s.

Dublin is a welcoming city with lots of historical sites such as Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Cathedral.

But it’s also a bustling city with welcoming locals who know how to party and spend fun evenings at the pubs!

When the holidays approach, pubs and locals really go all in and the city turns into a magical place where lots of events take place.

Spending New Year’s in Dublin is a special experience and one you’ll never forget! 

On New Year’s Eve, Dublin organises the New Year’s Festival which takes place over two days and attracts visitors from all over the world.

It is a countdown experience with events, music, and famous light shows topped up by the traditional fireworks!

Some of the main events are the Liffey Lights show, the Countdown Concert and the final fireworks which all take place at the beautiful Custom House, only a few minutes walk from Dublin’s famous Temple Bar District.

It is recommend to arrive early at the quays fill up with crowds hours in advance, visitors wanting the best spot to watch the show.

The Clayton Hotel is a great place to stay near Custom House for the festivities.

5. Edinburgh, Scotland


Fireworks over Edinburgh castle on New Years Eve

Edinburgh is definitely one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Europe. In fact, it’s one of the biggest NYE celebrations in the entire world!

Known locally as Hogmanay, New Year’s Eve was the most important wintertime celebration for about four centuries in Scotland.

Christmas didn’t become a public holiday until 1958, so — over the years — Hogmanay grew in importance as the primary time to gather with loved ones.

Traditions are important in Scotland, with various annual festivals honoring their roots in pagan, Viking, and Celtic festivities.

While Hogmanay celebrates the new calendar year, the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh celebrates the start of spring, and Samhuinn marks the end of the harvest season around today’s Halloween.

Nowadays, the three-day epic Hogmanay celebration attracts visitors from all over the world. 

Events officially begin on 30 December with a torchlight procession through the streets of Edinburgh.

The procession is typically led by the Up Helly Aa Vikings from Shetland, so it’s an awesome event to watch, even if you don’t participate with a torch yourself.

On New Year’s Eve, you can partake in a wide variety of celebrations, from family-friendly daytime events to classy candlelit concerts to a more debaucherous street party spanning multiple blocks with various stages for live music all night long.

In all settings, you can expect fireworks on the hour starting at 9pm, with a massive show at midnight as folks break out into song with the old Scottish classic, Auld Lang Syne.

On New Year’s Day, head to nearby South Queensferry to watch the Loony Dook. More commonly called a “polar plunge” in other parts of the world, in Edinburgh, folks opt to dress up in costumes and leap into the frigid Firth of Forth to start the new year right.

It’s a sight to behold!

If you’re planning to partake in the Hogmanay celebrations, try to stay centrally in Edinburgh for easy access to all the main events.

New Town and Old Town are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites where you’ll find a variety of boutique hotels, Airbnbs, and even some international chains.

6. Frankfurt, Germany

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Fire works over Frankfurt city on New Years Eve

Frankfurt is one of the New Year’s Eve destinations in Europe. In this international city, you can find many themed parties that day.

Expats from all over the world celebrate the end of the year at masquerade balls or wild parties.

Those looking for a more relaxed evening will go to one of the many excellent restaurants to enjoy a delicious multi-course meal.

At midnight, head down to the river Main. From the pedestrian bridge Eiserner Steg you have a great view of the fireworks and the skyscrapers in the background.

Make sure to arrive early so you can stand in the front row!

If you are looking for a unique experience that includes a fantastic view of the fireworks, book a cruise on the river Main.

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You will enjoy dinner on the boat before heading to the deck at midnight.

You can also watch people set off their own fireworks. Locals will flock to the streets, especially to Fressgasse, an area known for its many bars and restaurants.

With lots of explosions and colourful lights, people will then celebrate the beginning of the new year.

Besides setting off fireworks, Germans have a few more traditions they like to celebrate on New Year’s Eve – and you can experience all of them in Frankfurt.

Start your evening by watching Dinner for One. This black and white British short film is extremely popular in Germany, much more than in the UK.

You will find it playing on multiple TV channels throughout the evening.

Next, go to a bakery and buy a Kreppel. Germans will eat this doughnut-like pastry, which also goes by the names of Berliner, Krapfen or Pfannkuchen, on New Year’s Eve.

Some families will order lots of jam-filled Kreppel and one filled with mustard – and then wait to see who picks up the inedible one.

Happy New Year, or, as we say in German, Guten Rutsch!

7. Krakow, Poland

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Fireworks over the old town of Krakow in Poland

Whether you want to party in a club, attend a music fest or spend the new year walking around in the main market square like the locals, then Krakow is one of the best places to spend new years in Europe.

The festive spirit is apparent with the entire city wearing lights, decorations and festive food stalls selling Polish goodies.

The best way to experience NYE in Krakow is to walk on the cobbled roads leading to the Krakow old town main market square ‘Rynek Główny’.

Known as one of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe, this square is the city’s gravitational centre and come New Year’s, it is beaming with a festive glow. 

Purchase a mulled wine or hot chocolate and munch on Polish food such as pierogies, kielbasa, and pączki from the Christmas market set up in the square.

Since all the locals congregate here, there are many free entertainment programs like music concerts and performances by Polish artists and singers.

As the clock turns to midnight, the sky lights up with fireworks to mark the start of the new year.

In recent years, the fireworks have been a no-show due to the rising pollution problems and the administration has turned towards a more sustainable celebration – Confetti Poppers.

All in all, it is a grand celebration together and the Poles sure know how to ring in a new year.

Tip: The popular horse carriage rides are not available at midnight and especially not on New Year’s Eve because of the crowds.

8. Lagos, Portugal

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A view over the marina in Lagos, Portugal on New Years Eve

Lagos, a beautiful beach town in southern Portugal is a great place to spend New Year’s Eve. It is a perfect combination of a New Year party destination and a beach holiday.

The town is well-known for its New Year’s fireworks. The Old Town and the Marina de Lagos are the best places to celebrate New Year.

Both areas have plenty of bars and restaurants with live music.

The Marina is a better place for watching fireworks. The stage where the concert takes place is usually set on Praca do Infante in the Old Town.

From the square, it’s just 50 m to the nearest beach where you can welcome New Year on the beach by watching fireworks.

Most bars and restaurants stay open through the night.

You can settle in one place or visit several establishments during the night. A New Year’s dinner at any restaurant should be booked in advance.

Lagos is a popular place to come for New Year’s Eve. It’s highly recommended to book accommodation, activities, and car long in advance.

All night concerts and fireworks are not the only New Year’s Eve activities in Lagos.

During the day you can do a boat or a kayak trip along the cliffs or visit the famous Benagil Cave.

Admire the Portuguese coastline!

I recommend to book a trip beforehand to take a chance to not only visit the Benagil caves but to learn more about the rock formations from the guide

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In Lagos, you can combine a New Year’s celebration by escaping the cold with a surfing holiday. Even if you have never surfed before, learning a new thing is a great way to start a new year. 

For a party vibe, Boutique Taghostel is the best place to stay in Lagos on New Year’s Eve.

For a romantic stay, Lagos Avenida Hotel 400 m away from the Old Town is a perfect choice for you.

9. London, England

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Fire works at Big Ben in London on New Years Eve

London is one of the best cities for New Year’s Eve because there is something special for everyone.

First of all, there are lots of special events for kids and families in London starting from visiting Santa’s Grottos or meeting Santa at kids’ favorite places, such as Willows Farm or London Zoo.

One of the epic events in London is Winter Wonderland, which usually starts around the 20th of November and lasts until the first week of January in Hyde Park.

There is something for everyone, including markets, food and drink stalls, an ice rink, ice kingdom, circus shows, and a variety of rollercoasters.

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London is famous for Winter Light Festivals to (in fact, this should be on your England Bucket List).

The tickets get sold out a couple of months before the event even takes place. One of the most popular Christmas Lights Festival is at Kew Gardens.

It offers a magical light trail throughout all gardens, including a glittering tunnel of bells, giant illuminated seed heads, and majestic trees wrapped in light.

Don’t get upset if you missed the slot, Winterfest at Wembley Park offers a light show too, and it is free of charge.

Christmas markets are not an exception. There are a couple of nice markets all around London, including central London where you can have fun, enjoy nice music, and hot drinks.

Of course, the world-famous New Year’s Eve firework display is a breath-taking must-see event that you can watch at the riverside, from one of the rooftops, or in comfort at home watching it on TV.

Finally, what is New Year without the party?

London is one of the best new years party in Europe, you will find New Years Eve parties for every taste in almost any club, bar, hotel, theaters and of course street in London.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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10. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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The river running below a cliff in Luxemburg City

Luxembourg may not be considered as one of the top destinations to visit to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but it can certainly offer a unique experience during the winter holiday.

If you want a less crowded New Year’s Eve in Europe, Luxembourg is a wonderful place to celebrate. Locals celebrate it mildly, with many of them getting out of the city to pursue skiing and beach somewhere else.

This doesn’t mean that there’s not a lot of fun in this underrated country.

Want to explore the city on New Year’s Eve or perhaps go on a mindful, meditative walk as you reflect on the past year?

Visit one of Luxembourg’s gems, Chemin de la Corniche, and be in awe as you see the majestic view of the illuminated city.

And of course, don’t miss out on the magical splendor of the Winter lights Festival, which runs late in November to the first week of January.

Go for ice skating in Place Guillaume II’s ice rink to have a fantastic time or perhaps, stay to watch concerts and chorales at the Christmas markets.

Luxembourg can also be a great place for the family on New Year’s Eve. There’s a lot of entertainment with the Cirque du Lux in Limpertsberg that the family will definitely enjoy.

Watch amazing acrobats do their stunts and be impressed by the colorful light displays during the show.

And yes, there are fireworks in Luxembourg on New Year’s Eve, and the best thing about it is that you can witness the magic from different beautiful viewpoints.

You can then book your stay in one of the many reputed hotels in Luxembourg, including Novotel Suites Luxembourg, Sofitel, and Le Place d’Armes Hotel.

They also host their own parties with music and alcohol to ring in the new year.

One thing you shouldn’t forget though: wear appropriate clothing since it can get really chilly at night.

11. Madrid, Spain

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A light show at Plaza Mayor of Madrid

Madrid, the central capital of Spain (which by the way is one of the best European countries to celebrate new year), is a city with vast, manicured parks and elegant boulevards.

The city is known for its rich collection of European art, food and incredible celebrations like the New Year’s, which makes it one of the best places to spend Christmas and new years.

There is a lot that this city has to offer including historical buildings, food markets and the royals. There are unique neighbourhoods, bustling nightlife, incredible skies and marvelous museums.

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If one is thinking of spending New Year’s Eve and New Year in Madrid, they have made the best decision.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Madrid is a unique feeling as people get to see how the locals celebrate it their way.

One of the most famous traditions that visitors will experience is eating grapes at midnight, one for every gong.

The locals believe that doing this brings good luck and they enjoy following this tradition with their friends and family.

New Year in Madrid is way different from the celebrations in other parts of the world.

There are unique traditions, great get-togethers and family dinners that would give a one of a kind feeling.

This is why people should consider celebrating their New Year’s in this particular city.

The main meeting point is Puerta del Sol where people from everywhere around the city and the world meet up and eat grapes together as the bell rings 12.

Visitors have to make sure to arrive early as that is only how they can get to the square.

As soon as the clock strikes twelve, people begin to make their way to the city’s different nightclubs.

Pre-booking for New Year’s Eve club entrance is highly suggested due to the strong demand and increased pricing that occurs at the last minute.

New Year’s Eve in Madrid is marked with a special menu at some of the city’s most prominent restaurants.

Different from the traditions of most Spaniards, visitors can be one of the many tourists who choose to spend their New Year’s Eve in Madrid with a lavish lunch.

Enjoy lavish food in Madrid at the Hotel Palace, the city’s extravagant restaurant. Another option is to reserve a dinner table at NH Collection Madrid Gran Va, where visitors can take in the city’s stunning skyline view from its outstanding sky bar.

For a great stay, make a booking at Madrid Mariott Auditorium or Safestay Madrid. They are good family hotels with nice customer reviews.

12. Munich, Germany

Christina, Travel 2 Next

Fireworks in Munich on New Years Eve

Germans love big celebrations and New Year’s Eve across Germany is one big Bavarian beer hall party. As Munich is home to Oktoberfest, there’s no better city in Germany to cheer in the New Year than here.

New Year’s Eve in Germany is known as “Silvester”, and in Munich, revellers are attracted to several locations including the most famous landmarks in Germany such as Old Town Square, Marienplatz, Olympic Park, and the English Garden.

The atmosphere is electric and soaking up the buzz from the crowd amidst these historic sites is a memorable way to celebrate the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.  

Some of the iconic places to see the fireworks in Munich are at Schwanthalerhöhe, as close as you can to the foot of the Bavaria statue, or at the Friedensengel statue.

If you’d prefer a view of the fireworks going off above the skyline Olympiaberg (Olympic Mountain) is the place to be.

Partygoers should head for the winter festival of Tollwood on the Theresienwiese and celebrate over dinner while grooving to cool beats of live bands and DJ tracks.

Another party worth going to is at Muffatwerk, which is a converted waterworks and a cool spot to party on to the wee hours.

13. Paris, France

Paris one of the best places to spend New Years in Europe, check out the fire works over the Eiffel Tower

Paris is one of the most iconic cities in Europe, with one of the most iconic landmarks, the Eiffel. So it is no surprise that Paris as a huge variety of parties and Entertainment to ring in the New Year in Europe.

If you want to visit the best places in Europe for New Year’s Eve, look no further than Paris. The Champs-Elysess looks amazing as thousands of tourists and locals alike flock to the famous street to see the fireworks above Paris.

For a truly unique New Years Eve experience, enjoy champagne aboard river cruise down the Seine River with the best views of the Eiffel Tower as the fire works explode.

If you would prefer to experience New Years Eve in Paris with a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower but without the fuss of other people, check into one of the best hotels in Paris with a view of the Eiffel Tower….. just make sure you book early!!

14. Reykjavik, Iceland

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Fire works over the Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Iceland on New Years Eve in Europe
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If you are planning to spend new year in Europe, you should add Reykjavik on top of your Iceland itinerary bucket list.  

An interesting fact about Iceland is that fireworks are banned majority of the year in Iceland, however fireworks are legal for the week around New Year’s Eve as the profits benefit the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, which is an independent organization of volunteers who man search and rescue missions across Iceland. 

One of the most popular ways to celebrate new year is to experiencing the bonfires in Reykjavik.

They are a unique Icelandic tradition that make celebrating New Year’s Eve in Iceland truly special. 

You can find bonfire location at the local newspaper, and join local for the festive time. The neighbourhood at Vesturbær along the beach is a great option for a fun new year Eve celebration. 

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, Reykjavik becomes a firework war zone amidst with smiles and champagne.

Afterwards, most people, especially tourists, will descend upon the downtown area for going to the bars and clubs.

Reykjavik is full of great bars and clubs although be prepare for the high prices for the cocktails! 

One of the best places to stay in Reykjavik is the Freyja Guesthouse and Suites as they are situated close to the Hallgrimskirkja church. 

15. Seville, Spain

Linn, Brainy Backpackers

A building lining the river with lights lit at dusk in Seville

Seville is an amazing city to celebrate New Years Eve in Europe. While this is usually a family night for most locals, where they have a big dinner accompanied with cava before the clock turns 12 minutes to midnight.

The tradition says if you eat 12 grapes, one per second counting down to midnight, it brings you good luck. After midnight is when the young go out and party until dawn.

But not all Spanish sit inside for the countdown. The Plaza Nueva square is the perfect place to join the countdown.

It is always packed with people and a truly festive place to hang out, but don’t forget to get hold of your 12 grapes! There are also a lot of great parties in Seville for New Year’s Eve.

There are many things you can do in the city before and after the big night! Make sure you go back in history by visiting the Alcazaba, Cathedral, and La Giralda in the city center.

The Tower of Gold is neatly situated by the river where you can go on a river cruise, or even be more adventurous and go stand up paddle boarding.

The food market on the other side of the historic bridge, Puente de Triana, is great for lunch and while you’re in the Triana neighborhood why not enjoy a Flamenco show?

Another highlight you should not miss on your Seville itinerary is Plaza de España and the biggest park in the city, the Maria Louisa Park.

Seville is the perfect place to stay for a mini vacation or a shorter winter city break.

16. Tenerife, Spain

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Fairy lights set up along a street in Tenerife during the day

The Canary Island of Tenerife in Spain is always a fabulous New Year’s Eve option. There you can have a fun and delicious New Year on the beach!

If you want sunshine instead of snow for New Year’s Eve, Tenerife is the best place for you.

You can swap winter for summer, snow-covered asphalt for the beach with black sand, high-rise buildings for palm trees, and apartments for a beautiful house with flowering plants.  

Every corner of the island is special. There are picturesque beaches, like a postcard, there are completely wild and deserted places, gorges and rocks, forests and vineyards.

There are cosmic, scorched by eruptions landscapes, the so-called “Martian” landscapes.

The feeling of walking on the edge of a volcano’s lava, frozen millions of years ago, is a great gift to yourself for the New Year.

Walking among the dense greenery in the forest or sunbathing on the heated black sand, from any point, you will see the snow-capped top of the volcano.  

The Spanish know a lot about fun and delicious food, so the New Year in Tenerife will probably be the most colorful in your life.

Year after year, on New Year’s Eve, performers and musicians in carnival costumes take to the streets.

With songs, dances, and mock performances, the carnival moves toward the coast and ends with a large-scale fireworks display.

Fireworks are held in all major cities on the island. It’s popular to meet the New Year at the beach and then continue the party in a bar or a nightclub.

Besides the fireworks, Tenerife has another New Year’s tradition: eating 12 grapes to the clock’s beat while the clock counts down the last moments of the outgoing year.  

17. Valencia, Spain

Laura, Travelers Universe

Christmas decorations in the old town of Valencia, Spain

Valencia is a beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast. It’s the birthplace of the famous Spanish paella and it one of the best cities to visit during new years.

While many beachgoers prefer Valencia in summer due to its miles upon miles of beautiful urban beaches, the truth is that Valencia is a great destination during the winter months as well.

So if you’re wondering what to do in Valencia to celebrate the end of the year (and the beginning of a new one)

The first thing you must know is that the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in Valencia is a street party and it takes place right in the Town Hall square.

This is the heart of the city – an ample space where young and old like to gather to eat the 12 grapes for good luck and toast with cava (the Spanish version of champagne).

The Town Hall balcony becomes a stage for DJs and the music booms until around 3 am.

One thing to take into consideration if you’re planning to have dinner out for New Year’s Eve in Valencia is that most restaurants close soon after midnight or even before that.

This is why the Town Hall party is a great place to be if you want to start the year on party beats.

If you don’t want to walk, drive or take a taxi when the party finishes, the newly open Only You Hotel is right next to the Town Hall square.

18. Venice, Italy

Pamela, The Directionally Challenged Traveler

Fire works over St Marks Square in Venice Italy on New Years Eve

One of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Europe is the beautiful city of Venice.

A mixture of breathtaking views, mouthwatering food, and an epic party make celebrating New Year’s Eve in Venice the experience of a lifetime. 

Since Venice is located in northern Italy, be sure to wear warm clothes when visiting.

The restaurants will be warm, but outside will be cold so be sure to dress in layers to be comfortable all night! 

Start the night with a delicious dinner, usually served between 8 and 9pm. For dinner with a view, try a dinner cruise around the city.

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You’ll see key locations such as Rialto bridge and Saint Mark’s Square. 

The party and  “Love” celebration starts at 10:00 in the Piazza San Marco. Street performers, live music, and Bellini help to ring in the new year.

A few minutes before midnight, head to the waterfront for fireworks.

The fireworks illuminate the Venice skyline for a breathtaking show. 

The celebration continues all night and even into the next day. If you’re a brave traveler, you can join a polar plunge in the Adriatic sea on January 1st!

If you prefer a quieter start to the new year, you can see the annual new year’s eve concert at La Fenice Opera House.

There are shows on December 30, 31, and January 1st. 

No matter what you decide to do, you’ll be glad you celebrated New Year’s Eve in Venice.

19. Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, the capital of Austria, is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities to visit in Europe and one of the best places to go for new years in Europe.

The whole city is celebrating with numerous events and you will find thousands of people joining the fun.

In the center, there are a few different scenes with various kinds of music so you can choose where to party according to your taste.

At midnight in front of the town hall, the pavement and streets change into the dance floor so the crowd can dance together to the Blue Danube waltz, the most typical Viennese classical song. Everyone is welcome to join and dance.

If you get hungry there are market stalls everywhere, serving snacks and mulled wine (you can purchase a memorial cup for a few Euros and get it refilled with drinks).

If the New Year’s Eve celebrations didn’t wear you out you should attend the world-famous Opera concert on the 1st of January, the ultimate Viennese NYE experience.

Just keep in mind that this is a very popular way to spend a New Year’s day in Vienna so tickets can get sold out quickly.

If you want to relax, you can go for a cup of coffee and the famous Sacher cake to one of the traditional coffeehouses in Vienna.

To get the best of spending the New Year’s Eve in Vienna it’s best to stay somewhere in the inner center or (to get a more affordable option) near one of the metro stations so you can be close to all the main attractions and activities.

One of the recommended places to stay is Superbude Wien Prater near the Messe-Prater metro station.

WRAP UP: Best Places to Spend New Years Eve in Europe

Whether you this is your first trip to Europe for New Years or you’ve travelled to Europe a hundred times before, there are plenty of places for you to spend new Years Eve in Europe.

The hardest choice you are going to have is deciding which country and city you want to visit this New Years.

FAQs: Best place in Europe for New Years

Do they celebrate New Years in Europe?

Yes! New Years is celebrated in Europe, the best thing about celebrating New Years Eve in Europe is that each country have their own traditions and way of bringing in the New Year.

In the North of Scotland it is tradition to bring a gift (usually whiskey) to your neighbours or friends. This starts after midnight and often carries on well into New Years Day.

Which are the best European cities for new years?

There are many great cities to spend New Years Eve in Europe, but some of the most popular destinations include Paris, London, and Vienna. These cities offer plenty of festive activities and amazing firework displays to ring in the new year.

What are the best cheap new year destinations in Europe?

Europe doesn’t have to cost a fortune at New Years, it is possible to celebrate New Years Eve in Europe on a budget. Some of the best cheap new year destinations in Europe, are Prague, Vilnius, Zagreb and Bratislava.

Where do you think are the best New Year destinations Europe? Let me know in the comments where you have had the best New Years Eve in Europe

Fiona xoxo

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Here are my favourite travel resources for planning travel like a pro

Flights: To find the best flights I always search on Google Flights or Skyscanner. For even cheaper flights, fly mid week and pack in a carry on!

Accommodation: I always use (I love their price match and flexible cancellation policies) or Airbnb (if I want a little more space) to book trip. If you prefer hostels, I suggest Hostelworld.

If you are new to Airbnb you can get an awesome discount using this link

Travel Insurance: After a few hairy moments on my travels, I ALWAYS purchase travel insurance. It may seem like a big cost now, but if the worst happens, it will save you a lot of money and heartache. I personally use World Nomads (and love them!), but I recommend that you do some research to find the insurance company that suits your needs.

Tours: While I prefer to travel independently, I do love doing some tours once I’m in a destination. It is a great way to find out history, hidden gems, taste local food and get a local insight into your destination. I always use Viator to book my tours.

Train Travel: If you are planning on taking the train in Europe, I cannot recommend the Eurail enough! Check out The Ultimate Guide to the Eurail Pass to find out why

Car Hire: Planning an epic road trip across the US or through Europe, or anywhere! Check out Europcar, they are my go to for car hire all over the world!

Luggage Storage: Some times when we are travelling our check in and check out times don’t match with our departure times so we have to put our luggage into storage. Stasher Luggage Storage is the biggest Luggage Storage Network across the UK, France and Germany

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